Walkie talkies provide an easy way to communicate quickly, especially when working or having fun outdoor. This could be anything from playing games and camping in the wild to working on commercial jobsites.
However, it is very common for these nifty little radios to be crippled by bad sound quality, interference from obstacles, and inability to go beyond a certain range.
One of the more popular models in the market right now is the Midland GXT1000VP4.
This Midland GXT1000VP4 review is a result of our testing and research to see how well the device deals with the pitfalls highlighted above. In the end, we hope to answer the all-important question – is it worth the price?
Midland GXT1000VP4 Review
Given the reputation Midland has as a brand, it would be hard to imagine anything less than “good” from the company. But even then, it would not be wise to conclude so early.
While the Midland GXT1000VP4 brings a lot to the table, it is not without a few downsides. We hope to touch on all of these as we look at the key features of the product.
Black and White Display
Like many similar two-way units, the Midland GXT1000VP4 comes with a simple black and white display similar to the one commonly found in some calculators and digital watches.
Although the display appears quite basic and crisp, it is very large and clear, making it easy to view. This should work well in most lighting conditions.
In addition to its basic display, the radio also features a red backlight, which automatically comes on whenever the device is powered, or you press a button (this could be any button).
And in the same manner, the light automatically turns off after waiting a little while if you don’t use the radio, thus helping you save your battery.
36 Miles Range
With the GXT1000VP4, you get up to 36 miles range, which is similar to what is typically found in many regular walkie talkies. Of course, such a range is impossible to attain except under ideal conditions.
Two-way radios generally find it difficult to communicate through large obstructions. As a result, you are most likely to have issues using the device in densely populated areas with trees, hills, or houses.
That said, the 36-miles range offered by the GXT1000VP4 still translates to a good range in normal outdoor environments. It is even better in open fields and other flat settings.
We were also impressed with the sound quality of the device – so much better than what is offered by many walkie talkies in the same price range.
Dual Power Options
One of the best features of the Midland GXT1000VP4, which you will hardly find in today’s ham radios, is its dual power option. Apart from the rechargeable battery built into the device, you can also use it with standard AA batteries.
Thus, if for one reason or the other you couldn’t charge the unit, you can always use some extra batteries.
The radio usually takes 12 hours to charge to full power; however, you might need to charge for a whole day if it’s the first time. Depending on how urgent you need to use the device, 12 hours may seem like a long time.
And the number of hours you get out of the batteries will depend on how you use the device and the kind of settings you have in place. But on average, this should be something around 11 hours.
Constant usage and high power settings will reduce this number. So, except when it’s really necessary to use more power, we advise sticking to low settings to conserve the battery life.
The Midland GXT1000VP4 provides up to 50 channels. This includes the standard 22 communication channels typically found in today’s commercial walkie talkies, and 28 extra channels.
There is a total of 300 privacy codes, which you can use when you want to make your conversation private, especially when on a team. A good example is when playing paintball with friends.
Durable Plastic Build
Another thing we like about the Midland GXT1000VP4 is the fact that it’s built to last. Although no one sets out to drop their radio carelessly, but in case you do, you can rest assured the GXT1000VP4 will take the beating. Unfortunately, you might end up with scratches given the body is made of plastic (although very durable).
All the buttons on the device are rubberized to ensure a good feel and grip. You will still feel them well even if you’re wearing gloves.
The radio is JIS4 certified, which means it’s weatherproof. So, you don’t have to worry about rust and other contaminants affecting the unit. However, don’t submerge it fully in water, or you will end up damaging it.
- LED Indicator
- Standby Mode to extend battery life
- Alert Siren
- Captures NOAA Weather Alerts
- Durable design
- Large display
- Dual power source
- Decent audio quality
- Good signal strength
- Comes with weather alert
- A bit pricey
- Menu is a bit complicated
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FAQs About Midland GXT1000VP4
Where can I get this product?
To purchase the radio, simply click on the corresponding link to go to the product page.
How do you charge this device?
You will need to use the charging stand provided. Unfortunately, the unit doesn’t have a USB port, so it’s very hard to charge it on the go.
How many power options does this have?
There are three power options you can select from – low, medium, and high. We advise you to stick to a low power setting unless you really need to upgrade. This will help your battery to last longer.
How many channels does this have?
There are 50 channels altogether – 22 standard channels and 28 extra channels.
Does it come with a charging dock?
Yes, it does.
Can the radio receive local weather alerts?
Yes, it can.
In conclusion, the Midland GXT1000VP4 is a feature-rich two-way radio that truly outpaces its competitors. It has an impressive range and audio quality not common with products in the same price range.
So, if you’re looking for a premium walkie talkie that will not disappoint, then this is the unit to go for. The extra features are definitely worth the additional cost.
In this Midland GXT1000VP4 review, we sought to capture the most critical features of the product so you can decide if it’s the right unit for you. Personally, we have no doubt you will come to appreciate the radio regardless of your experience level.
Let us know if you are not clear about anything, and we will be glad to help. Till then, happy shopping!